NFIB fears Phase 2 may be too little, too late for many businesses

Chris Miller
June 02, 2020 - 4:33 pm

Most Louisiana business will be allowed to double their capacity later this week, from 25 percent of maximum occupancy to 50 percent, when the state moves from phase one of easing coronavirus restrictions to phase two. But some businesses believe it's not enough.

The Louisiana director of the National Federation of Independent Business says they're glad things are moving along, but want it to move faster.

"We've got to get this economy back open," said Dawn Starns, Louisiana director of NFIB. "It is not enough to just continue at this, these arbitrary percentages of capacity."

Starns said business owners are running out of money, and they don't want more government help. They want their customers back.

We've got to get open a hundred percent," she said. "Small business owners are operating at, you know, less than where they need to be."

The NFIB says most small businesses are nearing the end of the eight-week forgiveness period of the Payroll Protection Program.

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